200 Covid cases in two weeks

APPEAL HSE urges people to get the vaccine to protect elderly

People are being urged to get their COVID-19 vaccines and booster jabs if they are due.

The HSE appeal comes following an increase in confirmed cases in the region in recent weeks.

It also follows reports that fresh legislation is being drafted for the return of mandatory mask-wearing in some settings.

According to the latest figures available, there were almost 200 new confirmed cases in Cavan in the past two weeks, 162 in Monaghan, 486 in Louth, 660 in Meath, and a total of 5,638 in Dublin, which includes the city.

Dr Deirdre Mulholland, area director of Public Health Area A, which takes in counties Cavan and Monaghan, said: “The incidence rates of COVID-19 are increasing again in our general population including amongst the elderly. I would urge people to get their free COVID-19 vaccine or a booster, as the COVID-19 vaccinations are critical to ensure you are protected from serious illness. It is important for people aged 65 and older and those who are aged 12 years and older with a weak immune system to get their second booster vaccine. A second booster can reduce the risk of hospitalisation or death from COVID-19 illness. Every action we take to protect ourselves and those around us to keep cases down can help our communities stay safe.”

She added that the HSE is “continuing to monitor” COVID-19 epidemiological indicators to “quickly detect, understand and communicate” emerging issues and trends of concern in the region.

To get a vaccination; book an appointment online at HSE.ie or ring HSELive on 1800-700 700. Participating GPs and pharmacists also continue to provide vaccinations.

Dr Mulholland concluded by saying that anyone with symptoms should follow the public health advice by staying at home, not attending work and self-isolating until at least 48 hours after they are symptom free. “We are advising people to adhere to this advice even if you have received your COVID-19 vaccination, had a booster, or had COVID-19 in the past.”